The Department of Sexually Transmitted Infections Control (DSC) clinic is also colloquially known as Kelantan Clinic (and keying “kelantan clinic” into Google or other search engines leads you to the DSC Clinic website rather than any clinic within the Malaysian state of Kelantan), because it has been located at Kelantan Lane since its official launch in 1991. DSC is probably the largest department within the National Skin Centre (NSC), and is run by NSC for the Ministry of Health Singapore (MOH). I visited the clinic a decade ago as part of my training for infectious diseases (all ID physicians-in-training in Singapore have to do a short stint at Kelantan clinic), and was quite pleased to be given the opportunity to visit it again by Dr Martin Chio, the current head of the DSC clinic.
The clinic had expanded since my training stint 10 years ago. Although the physical space remains constrained (2 floors), some of the original consultation rooms had been divided to create more rooms.
By tradition, the first floor of the clinic is for patients with STIs, whereas the second floor is reserved for screening sex workers (working in the legal brothels in Singapore).
I was very impressed to find that the clinic houses a sizeable laboratory with 5 technicians that are able to perform various aspects of STI laboratory testing including PCR for Chlamydiae trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, dark-field microscopy for Treponema pallidum, and the various serological tests for syphilis and HIV.
There were also many clever and eye-catching educational posters within the clinic. Too bad these are not displayed more prominently elsewhere!
All in all, a very impressive setup doing vital infectious diseases work in Singapore.
As an interesting final note, Action for AIDS Singapore, a non-governmental organisation, is based across the road at Kelantan Lane, and runs its anonymous HIV testing service at DSC Clinic after office hours.